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Dental Hygiene


Downtown Milwaukee Campus 


Dental hygienists work under the supervision of dentists and perform such duties as teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, x-ray processing and dental health counseling. Clinical experience is acquired in MATC’s dental hygiene clinic and several external sites. After graduation, you will be eligible to complete the National Board of Dental Hygiene examination, and state or regional practical examinations.

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States
Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; 312-440-2718;

While we follow all standard precautions and infection control protocols, there is potential for exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. The Bloodborne Pathogen policy is available by contacting the Dental Hygiene Program.

Career Outlook: Employment prospects for licensed dental hygienists are good. Positions may be found in private dental offices, nursing homes and school settings.

Career Pathway: This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Program Code: 10-508-1

Start Dates: August/January


Petition Process

Students are admitted through a petition process. Learn more about the petition process

Petition Requirements

  1. High school diploma or GED.
  2. 1 year of high school biology and 1 year of high school chemistry OR 1 semester of college biology and 1 semester of college chemistry.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment.
  4. Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
  1. B- or higher in Anatomy & Physiology (NATSCI-177 or NATSCI-201 & 202).
  2. B- or higher in Biochemistry (NATSCI-186 or NATSCI-207 & 208).
  3. B- or higher in Microbiology (NATSCI-197).
    Science prerequisites must be completed prior to petitioning
  1. HP-A2 exam with a cumulative score of 80% or higher. To learn more about the HP-A2 exam, click the following link
  1. Each semester Petition Information Sessions are held to allow students to meet with counselors and Program representatives for guidance with the petition process. You will receive an invitation via your school email address for dates, times and locations.
  1. If you are accepted, you will receive additional information including health, drug screening and background check requirements using the CastleBranch portal. If you are not accepted, you will receive detailed information about which of the above criteria were not met. If you were not accepted due to program capacity, you will receive additional consideration if you petition during the next open window.


Candidates accepted in each petition window should expect to take Dental Health Safety (DENHYG-101) during the next semester. DENHYG-101 is the only program course taken during the next semester after acceptance through the petition process. Upon successful completion of DENHYG-101, students will be permitted to begin designated core technical courses the following semester. See table below:


 Petition Window:  Take DENHYG-101:  Begin Core Technical Courses:
 August 1-31   Next spring semester  Next fall semester
 January 2-31   Next fall semester  Next spring semester

Special Admission Requirements: One year of high school-level biology and chemistry.

Career Cluster: Health Sciences


Detailed Program Information

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Course Requirements (link)
View/print the program card (pdf)


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